THURSDAY, AUG. 7, 2014


What will North Dakota look like after the oil boom?

Quote of the day: "Our economy is really looking good. But now it's time to turn around and start protecting our land, guys." Mervin Packineau, a tribal councilman, speaking at the Three Affiliated Tribes' third annual oil and gas conference in North Dakota on Tuesday....


Republicans stall North Fork Flathead protections

WILD RIVERS -- Three U.S. senators have rebuked their Montana colleagues by blocking a floor vote on legislation to protect the North Fork Flathead River, the Associated Press reports. Democratic U.S. Sens. Jon Tester and John Walsh of Montana called for the vote this afternoon....


More looks at EPA stand on Alaska’s Pebble Mine

FISHING -- The EPA announcement last week that it will be a force against the proposed Pebble Mine that threatens salmon stocks in Alaska's Bristol Bay shook some ground last week. Here are some more looks at the situation. EPA to fight proposed copper mine...

FRIDAY, FEB. 28, 2014

EPA scrutinizes Pebble Mine impact on Bristol Bay salmon

UPDATED 3:55 p.m. on Feb. 28 with link to Associated Press story and comment from Pebble Mine official that EPA action is a "major overreach." FISHING -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today it will use its Clean Water Act authorities to review impacts...

THURSDAY, JAN. 23, 2014

Cantwell asks Obama to limit mining in Bristol Bay

FISHING — U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell is asking President Barack Obama to take action to restrict or prohibit the development of large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed. The Associated Press reports that In a letter sent Thursday, Cantwell asked Obama to invoke a rarely...

MONDAY, OCT. 7, 2013

Idaho mine claim owners sue over forest access

PUBLIC LANDS — Several Idaho mining claim owners have sued the federal government, joining a push to expand motorized access in the West’s backcountry using a Civil War-era law governing travel across public lands, according to the Associated Press. The lawsuit, filed Friday in U.S....

THURSDAY, MAY 23, 2013

Interior Secretary Jewell keynotes Ducks Unlimited convention

PUBLIC LANDS -- Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will speak at the annual Ducks Unlimited convention this week during a visit to Portland in her first West Coast trip since she was sworn in last month. Today Jewell and Portland Mayor Charlie Hales are set to...


Swan deaths: annual spring disgrace continues along CdA River

ENVIRONMENT – I received the following email from a reader this morning: Last Sunday my wife and I were riding our bikes on the Trail of the Coeur d'Alene's between Rose Lake and Harrison. Along the way, we saw what appeared to be a significant...



4.1.2012: Recent outdoors stories in The Spokesman-Review

Followin are some of the outdoors topics we've explored in the past few days: Field Reports: Canada mining threatens Elk River fish...and four more items Inland Northwest teems with bicycling events Out & About: time to talk turkey Panhandle northern pike group angles for lunkers,...

MONDAY, MARCH 25, 2013

TUESDAY, JAN. 15, 2013

North Fork Clearwater River mining challenged

FISHING -- Idaho fly fishers and conservation groups are stepping up to back the Clearwater National Forest in challenging the rash of placer mining claims being filed for the North Fork of the Clearwater River. A stream known for its native bull trout and westslope...

THURSDAY, DEC. 6, 2012

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 21, 2012

South Fork Salmon River targeted for gold mining

RIVERS -- The Idaho Conservation League has petitioned the U.S. Forest Service, asking the agency to reconsider allowing more gold exploration near the headwaters of the South Fork of the Salmon River. See the story: Idaho group asks USFS to reconsider gold mining near Salmon...


Idaho group drops lawsuit over Salmon River dredging

RIVERS -- An Idaho conservation group has dropped its lawsuit challenging state approval of a plan to dredge a stretch of the Salmon River for gold, according to the Associated Press. The Idaho Conservation League backed away from its lawsuit last week mainly because the...

TUESDAY, OCT. 16, 2012

Conservationists sue over Salmon River dredge permit

RIVERS -- An environmental group has filed a lawsuit against Idaho after officials including Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter approved a plan to dredge the Salmon River for gold, the Associated Press reports. The Idaho Conservation League on Tuesday asked a 4th District Court judge to...

TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Death on the lower CdA River is annual spring disgrace

ENVIRONMENT – Some people in the Inland Northwest would like to think we live in a pristine area without need for strict environmental regulations or Superfund help. But 150 or so tundra swans each year tell us something to the contrary as they slowly die...

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